The Democratic Alliance has written to the Eastern Cape MEC for Local Government to institute firm action against the Mayor of Tarkastad who was yesterday (subs: Monday, 14 May 2012) convicted of assault against an elderly resident.

The Mayor, Khayalethu Nqinghi, was convicted and fined R4 000 or four months imprisonment, wholly suspended for three years.

I will be asking a question for oral reply in the Legislature to the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, asking what action (if any) he intends taking against the Mayor

In view of the seriousness of the issue it is hoped that the MEC will have the political courage to remove the Mayor from office.

With social morality and behaviour at an all time low in this province the MEC will be failing in his duty if he does not apply Section 6b of Section 14 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

The MEC may remove the councillor from office if, in his opinion, the councillor has breached a provision of this code.

On 25 January 2012 Nqiqhi, the incumbent Mayor of Tarkastad, lost his temper with resident Ms. Mati (Felicia) Joka and physically assaulted her.

The injuries were so severe that Ms. Joka may now require plastic surgery to heal her wounds.

On hearing of this matter, the DA-councillor of Tarkastad and I, as MPL, contacted an attorney to assist Ms. Joka with a civil claim for damages against the Mayor.

I am informed that a claim to sue for R 200 000 has been made.

In view of the successful conviction, the civil case to assist the victim can now proceed against Mr. Nqinghi.

Citizens must have faith and confidence in their politicians and state employees.

Mayors as “first citizens” of a community have an extra responsibility to behave with decorum at all times and serve all the people of a community.

The community of Tarkastad deserve better and should not be subjected to violence from their Mayor because he cannot control his temper.

This thuggery and cowardly action by the Mayor against a defenceless and innocent elderly female resident goes against the Constitution of the country.


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